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Third Annual "Pennies for Pets" at James Bowie Elementary!

The kindergarten children at James Bowie Elementary School in Baytown collected and donated $91 to Baytown Humane Society during this year's Pennies for Pets Campaign!  Thanks to these young Americans, another animal will be made adoptable and find a great home.

James Bowie kindergarten teachers,  Janie Harris, Asha Kenebrew, Dana Loria, and Kim Reel are teaching their students to count to 50 AND to give to a worthy cause, all in tandem! 

For the third consecutive year, the youngest children at James Bowie have gathered thousands of pennies for the penny cards that hold 50 and then donated the total to help the animals at their Humane Society! 

When Baytown Humane Society attends the presentation ceremony, we always bring along an animal from the Society to show the children what wonderful pets can be adopted from shelters and to let them see an example of how their donation will be spent.

It's a wonderful program that accomplishes so many purposes!  The children learn to count to 50; The children learn to give to a worthy cause; The children learn to be gentle and have respect for animals; The children learn a little about adopting an animal and how to properly care for it; The Humane Society receives a wonderful donation to help the animals in its care and helps to cultivate responsible pet owners of the future!

THANK YOU, James Bowie Kindergarten
Classes of 2003

Here are some other pictures from that day!



January 2003

Kindergarten Children at James Bowie Elementary School are at The Top of the Class!!

Presenting the Check to Marilyn Kinney of Baytown Humane Society (from the left) are: Clay Kogut, Niki Gonzalez, (Kinney), Jason Imme, and Christian Flores.

Rufus moves around the children in a crawl to be loved on.

The James Bowie kindergarten classes of Ms. Janie Harris, Ms. Javona Jordan, Ms. Dana Loria, and Ms. Jennifer Wade held a "Pennies for Pets" campaign for the second consecutive year.  This year, these young children collected 9,095 pennies which translates into a donation to Baytown Humane Society in the amount of $90.95.  There was also a nice bag of dog treats, cat collars, and pet toys donated to the animals.

The effort, spearheaded by Ms. Javona Jordan, serves a dual purpose.  The teachers utilize the collection of pennies to teach the children to count; and the children then donate the collection to Baytown Humane Society to help the homeless animals of the region. 

Baytown Humane Society's Chairman, Marilyn Kinney says, "We are so grateful for the donation, and equally happy that these children are learning to contribute their time and money to a cause they really care about.  How wonderful it is for them to be taught at such a young age to identify a cause they believe in and then to do whatever they can to support that cause.  It can be something as simple as collecting pennies.  Every effort counts!"

"Rufus," a Basset/German Shepherd mix who was rescued from an Animal Control facility, was on-hand to accept the contribution on behalf of other homeless animals in Baytown.  He was also there as an ambassador of good will to bring together animal and human innocents. 

The children LOVED Rufus and he ADORED them and all the attention they heaped upon him.  Even children who were at first afraid to touch a dog were giving him hugs by the time he had to leave. 

The children listened intently to Rufus' story and saw in him a prime example of how their $90.95 contribution would be used.  Rufus came into Baytown Humane Society's Foster Care Program as a sick, very frightened and hopeless dog.  But, thanks to donations such as this, Rufus is no longer to be pitied!  He is healthy, happy and in a foster home that adores him. The future is bright for Rufus.  And the contribution made by these very young children will brighten the future for some other hopeless animal!

To all the kindergarten children at James Bowie, from all the animals you will help with your donation, Rufus says, "THANK YOU for your kindness and may you always find a sunny spot in which to nap!"

From Baytown Humane Society to the four teachers who made this possible, we stand in admiration of your effort to teach America's young MORE than reading, writing and arithmetic.  Thank You!

Marilyn explains about taking care of pets Rufus being a clown during Marilyn's speech
Rufus gets a hand, or should that be HANDS Rufus gets a hug from a little girl
Rufus is a Ham Rufus just cannot get enough lovin
Rufus shows that dogs bring people together The students just adore Rufus
Everyone waits patiently for their turn to pet Rufus More Hugs for Roo Roo
Rufus crawls to the students Rufus is in dog heaven
Rufus would rather pets than helping with the story The children are fascinated by Rufus
The children form a line to bid farewell to Rufus A little boy HUGS Roo-Roo Good Bye
Bye bye Roo Roo





A great BIG Thank You to the James Bowie Elementary School in 2002.

From the Left:  Isaias Maza;  Alexis Burndt;  Joie Schwartz;  Nicholas Garcia, Marilyn Kinney, Chairman of BHS; Destiny Randall; Jett Jordan;  Maritza Jimenez; and John Kraeer

The kindergarten classes of James Bowie Elementary School raised 11,265 pennies for the homeless pets in Baytown's shelter.  The children in the classes of Mrs. Jordan, Mrs. Liles, Mrs. Loria, and Mrs. Washburn collected, counted, and wrapped pennies to be donated to Baytown Animals' Concerned Citizen Responders (BHS) the volunteer group who does volunteer work and buys supplies beyond what the City provides for the animals in Baytown's Animal Shelter.

The $112.65 was presented to BHS just before Christmas in a presentation ceremony at James Bowie Elementary School.  Mary Campbell, the Shelter Manager and Marilyn Kinney, Chairman of BHS, were on hand to receive the gift and to tell the children how their efforts will help the animals at the shelter. The children were delighted to know that their money will be so helpful to so many homeless dogs and cats in the animal shelter.

Kinney commented, "To know how powerful a penny collection campaign can be is a great thing for these children to learn.  For them to know that every little bit helps, is something that might encourage them to always try to do their part, no matter how small, for any worthwhile cause. These little tykes were so excited and happy to help, and their donation is truly a sizable one when it comes to buying vaccines or mothers' replacement milk and other such things not provided by the City at the Shelter.  Good for them and God Bless them!"

Shelter Manager, Mary Campbell said, "The things BHS purchases with donations like this are very helpful to the well-being of the animals at the shelter.  It helps keep the animals healthier, more comfortable and makes them more adoptable.  We have so many homeless animals in the shelter that would make wonderful pets."  "The fact that kindergarten children have raised this much money is amazing," added Campbell.  


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